Pattimores Lagoon

Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve

Overview

Near Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast, tranquil Pattimores Lagoon in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve offers a viewing platform for birdwatching with scenic wetland views.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching or whale watching.

A visit to the tranquil wetlands of Pattimores Lagoon, in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, is a great way to soothe frazzled nerves and immerse yourself in natural beauty. Near Ulladulla, it’s an ideal remote getaway for nature enthusiasts with some of the best birdwatching on the NSW South Coast.

A short flat walk through coastal swamp oak forest and wet heath leads to a viewing platform with scenic water views. Fringed with magnificent paperbarks, the picturesque lagoon literally teems with waterbirds, and you’re likely to see southern emu wren, pied oystercatchers, pelicans and white-faced herons.

If you’re keen to spend the day exploring the waterways and forests of this unique coastal reserve, enjoy a lunch at Conjola Beach picnic area before stepping out on Burrawang track.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/pattimores-lagoon/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Pattimores Lagoon.

Getting there and parking

Pattimores Lagoon is in the Lake Conjola Village precinct of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. To get there from Lake Conjola Entrance Road, turn right onto Boeing Avenue and take the next right again onto Conley Avenue.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available on Conley Avenue.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The NSW South Coast is renowned as a great spot for whale and dolphin watching, so one of these beautiful giants of the sea could well be joining you on your park visit.

Spring

Enjoy tranquil walking along the park's scenic wetlands, indulging in a spot of birdwatching along the way.

Summer

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the park's coastal location and enjoy fishing and picnicking by the water's edge.

Winter

Warm yourself up with some scenic walking while wildlife-spotting and birdwatching.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 24°C

Highest recorded

44.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

8.8°C and 16.2°C

Lowest recorded

5.9°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

May

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

160.9mm

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Lake Conjola (29 km)

Lake Conjola is a deep coastal lake regularly open to the sea which provides a wonderful playground for fishing and boating enthusiasts.

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Nowra (58 km)

Nowra is a historic city and the commercial heart of the Shoalhaven. It's on the Shoalhaven River close to beaches and national parks.

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Ulladulla (39 km)

Ulladulla is close to several wonderful national parks. Morton National Park, to the west, is home to Pigeon House Mountain, a local landmark which is a popular climb. Murramarang National Park, between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has beautiful coastal walks, beaches and camping sites.   

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Learn more

Pattimores Lagoon is in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Ancient fishing grounds

Narrawallee Inlet walk, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

The reserve is situated within the traditional lands of the Wanda Wandian people and the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council. With nearby creeks, lagoons and beaches, this coastal oasis is likely to have been an important food-gathering area. The reserve protects Aboriginal middens and tool-making sites, as well as canoe and shield-making trees.

Diverse landscapes

Views along Burrawang track, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

This unique reserve protects a staggering variety of landscapes in a relatively small area, making it a region of incredible beauty as well as conservation importance. Here you can wander a veritable smorgasbord of woodlands, swamps, lagoons and lakes. Explore the range of landscapes and see if you can spot the changing forests from swamplands to dunes.

  • Burrawang track - Conjola Beach to Buckleys Point North of Ulladulla, Burrawang track leads from Conjola Beach to Buckleys Point, offering fantastic fishing and birdwatching in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve.
  • Pattimores Lagoon Near Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast, tranquil Pattimores Lagoon in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve offers a viewing platform for birdwatching with scenic wetland views.

Historic remnants

Pattimores Lagoon, Narrawallee Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

Between the First and Second World Wars, silica was extensively mined near Pattimore's Lagoon. Now protected, you can wander the remains of the silica mining era and discover cuttings, mounds and even an old tram line that is now being taken back by mother nature. In the early 1900s, as well as a small amount of grazing, there was some selective logging of turpentine and blackbutt from the forests. There are still some tall stumps with notches that show where springboards were placed by the axemen.

Rare nesting grounds

Pelicans (Pelecanus), Narrawallee Creek Nature. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

The beaches are some of the most important nesting and feeding areas for the critically endangered hooded plover and endangered pied oystercatcher. These distinctive birds can be seen nesting during spring and summer. This unique reserve protects a type of swamp forest that is dominated by the swamp mahogany, which in turn is an important food source for several threated species including the swift parrot, regent honeyeater and yellow-bellied glider.

  • Conjola Beach picnic area Spend the day at Conjola Beach picnic area exploring remote beaches, bushwalking, whale watching and birdwatching, in Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, near Lake Conjola Village.
  • Narrawallee Inlet walking track Enjoy walking or cycling through the coastal forests of Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve along Narrwallee Inlet walking track, offering great birdwatching and fishing.

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Pattimores Lagoon, Narrawallee National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk